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Things to do in Sydney this weekend

Find all the best events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

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You’ll be all smiles come the weekend with these 20 fresh adventure ideas. We’ve selected some comedy that’ll test your bladder, theatre to expand your mind and music to keep your blood pumping. Kick off the weekend with a banging breakfast at one of Sydney’s best brekky spots.

If you find yourself looking longingly past the city skyline, plan a trip to some amazing festivals and events around New South Wales in the coming months. Or, stay closer to home and tick off a few of these essential Sydney activities to try at least once in your life.

What's on this weekend?


Sydney Comedy Festival

Sydney Comedy Festival takes over key Inner West venues for a month from April to May, with a line-up of international, local and interstate comedians across all genres. This year includes international favourites like South African-New Zealander Urzila Carlson and Irishmen David O'Doherty and Jason Byrne. Daniel Sloss is heading our way from Scotland, alongside British stars Ross Noble, Stephen K Amos and Jamali Maddix. 

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Around Sydney , Sydney Until Sunday May 20 2018

Suitcase Rummage

Vendors will be offering everything from pre-loved clothes, jewellery and shoes to bric-a-brac, records, books and art. They’re keeping things simple and accessible, replacing car boots and sale counters with suitcases. So either come prepared to haggle and trade for your favourite items or fill a suitcase and hold your own makeshift stall.

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The Goods Line , Ultimo Sunday April 29 2018

The Killers

The Las Vegas rock stars have revealed something bigger than their fans' emotional renditions 'Mr. Brightside': an antipodean arena tour kicking off this month. By then their fifth album Wonderful Wonderful will have wormed its way into our subconscious and we’ll be chanting to recent singles ‘The Man’ and ‘Run For Cover’ with the same gusto as old favourites ‘Somebody Told Me’ and 'Bones'.

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Qudos Bank Arena , Sydney Olympic Park Saturday April 28 2018

Carmen, Live or Dead

Cabaret is returning to the 110-seat Hayes Theatre with Carmen, Live or Dead. Natalie Gamsu, who recently starred in the Hayes production of Darlinghurst Nights, will play Carmen Frida Leon Davidovich, the fictional love child of Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky, in this original cabaret. On this last day of her life, she tells the full story of her life. 

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Hayes Theatre Co , Elizabeth Bay Saturday April 28 2018 - Sunday May 6 2018

Dash the Trash Dachshund Community Walk

Clean up Sydney's neighbourhoods on this community walk with some socially conscious pooches. Dachshund Rescue Australia is calling on dog owners to clean up the neighbourhood on Sunday April 29. This synchronised clean up will target North Sydney’s parks, waterways and beaches, starting at 11am. It starts at Bradfield Park under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, then continues past Luna Park and ends at Sawmillers Reserve. 

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Bradfield Park , Milsons Point Sunday April 29 2018

Frank Hurley: Photographer & Gardener

Frank Hurley lived an extraordinary life and his photos are among the most enduring images of the wars. But this exhibition celebrates Hurley's more domestic side and features mostly images taken while in Sydney at the very beginning of the 20th century and then in the 1950s. Many of the photos haven't been exhibited before and reveal a side of Sydney that most of us wouldn't know.

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Manly Art Gallery and Museum , Manly Until Sunday October 14 2018

Mother's Day Market at Porteño

Finding the perfect gift won’t be a chore at this Mother’s Day market that’ll keep you wined and dined on your present hunt. Porteño will be keeping the grill hot and shoppers well-fed, while Archie Rose Distillery puts everyone in a good mood with boozy refreshments. Choose Mum’s gift from stalls of boutique soaps, ceramics and blown glass, a jungle of house plants or an expertly crafted piece of jewellery. 

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Porteño on Cleveland , Surry Hills Sunday April 29 2018

Sunday Sounds and Cider

Combining strings, brass, wind and percussion instruments, 12 Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows will take audiences to joyful heights and mournful lows with the Intimate Voices musical program. Before listening to playful trumpets balanced with serene strings, you can mellow out with a tasting of the Blue Mountains’ Hillbilly Cider from 2pm. Your ticket also scores you a whole bottle to enjoy, with non-alcoholic options available. 

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Riverside Theatres , Parramatta Sunday April 29 2018

Welcome to the Dark Side

[Sponsored] May the fourth – Star Wars's unofficial holiday – is fast approaching and Beer Deluxe is already getting in the intergalactic spirit. They’re raising their glasses with a “may the froth be with you” and encouraging guests to turn to the dark side – the dark side of beer that is. From now until May 10 Beer Deluxe will feature their favourite on-tap and bottled dark beers.

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Beer DeLuxe , Darling Harbour Until Thursday May 10 2018

Hardtofind Markets

Discover quirky designs that you won’t see in stores, from fashion and skincare to art and homewares that are all mum-approved. You’ll get to meet the passionate craftspeople making and selling the products you’ll pass on to mum. Think hand-poured soy wax candles, screen printed linen cushion covers and herbal tisanes formulated in home kitchens. There will even be items that you can get personalised on the day.

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The Entertainment Quarter , Moore Park Sunday April 29 2018

Youth and Destination

It's a look at the things we face in this century, told from the perspective of young people, and has been in development at Kings Cross Theatre for more than three years. Told across 60 snapshot scenes, it's said to stylistically reflect Caryl Churchill and Roy Andersson. James Raggatt is withdrawing from the stage and stretching a different set of creative muscles, serving as both writer and director.

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Kings X Theatre , Potts Point Thursday April 26 2018 - Saturday May 12 2018

Duke Dumont

Best known for his UK number one hits ‘Need U (100%)’ and Jax Jones collaboration ‘I Got U’, the Grammy-nominated UK producer Duke Dumont is heading to Australia to perform at Groovin The Moo and various sideshows. He’ll be stopping in at the Ivy in Sydney to DJ at Ministry of Sound in April, where he’ll likely spin his new single ‘Inhale’, which features vocals from rising R’n’B artist Ebenezer. 

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Ivy , Sydney Saturday April 28 2018

The Merry Widow


The Merry Widow is one of the Australian Ballet's greatest achievements – it premiered in 1975 and has been revived by popular demand every couple of years since then. It was adapted from Franz Lehár's operetta by Australian dance legend Ropert Helpmann and English choreographer Ronald Hynd. It's a visual feast but also features all of Lehár's gorgeously light and romantic melodies, played by the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

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Sydney Opera House , Sydney Saturday April 28 2018 - Saturday May 19 2018

Harry Styles

Harry Styles’ first solo tour is setting the tone for the singer's post-One Direction er... direction. The first of his upcoming shows in November are coming to more intimate venues like Melbourne's Forum Theatre and Sydney's Enmore Theatre. Styles' big stadium days aren't completely behind him yet, with his new set of tour dates going to arena venues.

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Qudos Bank Arena , Sydney Olympic Park Friday April 27 2018

The Effect

Firass Dirani is best known for his work on TV and film (Underbelly: Golden Mile, House Husbands, Hacksaw Ridge, Power Rangers Mystic Force) but is set to return to Sydney stages after a long absence. He'll be appearing in Lucy Prebble's 2012 play The Effect, an unusual romance which takes place during a clinical trial for an unspecified drug. It will be anintimate affair, posing big questions about attraction, love and the connections we form. 

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The Old Fitzroy Hotel , Wooloomooloo Until Saturday May 19 2018

Sydney Fish Market Behind the Scenes Tour

If you want to catch fishermen at work, you’ve got to get up early. Sydney Fish Market runs almost-daily tours that start at 6.40am where you can witness the thrilling morning auctions and explore the largets fish market in the Southern Hemisphere through proffessional eyes. Stock up on a portion of the 55 tonnes of fish out on the auction floor on this Monday morning, brought in by more than 1,000 suppliers.

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Sydney Fish Market , Pyrmont Until Wednesday April 24 2019

Urzila Carlson: Studies Have Shown

Urzila Carlson stand-up star is sort of a huge deal in NZ and has won basically every award available to a Kiwi. She now consistently sells out shows around Australia, packing in audiences with her straight-shooting style. So make sure you book early to catch one of the most amiable and lovable – but totally fearless – comedians we know in this year's Comedy Festival.

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The Enmore Theatre , Newtown Thursday April 26 2018 - Saturday April 28 2018

Aperture Australia

Budding Sydney photographers can network with industry greats at photography conference Aperture Australia. TV journalist Ray Martin will host this inaugural event, bringing his own enthusiasm for the art of photography to live talks and intensive panel discussions with eight well-known Australian photographers. Panelists will  be talking artistic war-stories, processes and answering questions at the Sydney International Convention Centre. 

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International Convention Centre , Darling Harbour Saturday April 28 2018 - Sunday April 29 2018

Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor Story

There are few public figures more fascinating than Catherine McGregor, who has filled all of the following roles: cricket commentator, columnist, cricketer, speech writer for Australia's Army Chief, ADF member, Australian of the Year finalist, close friend of Tony Abbott, transgender advocate and the highest ranking openly transgender member serving in Australia's military. Sydney Theatre Company will explore the many facets of the much admired but frequently divisive McGregor.

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Sydney Theatre Company - Wharf Theatres , Dawes Point Until Saturday May 26 2018

Gear up for next weekend

Sydney Writers’ Festival


It’s all change for Sydney Writers’ Festival in 2018 – they’ve upsticks from the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, which is being developed, to new locations: Carriageworks and the Seymour Centre. There's also events planned through Parramatta and Chatswood. The discussions, readings and workshops will be diverse, covering topics from climate change and astrology to illustrating Harry Potter and Australia's depression crisis. This weekend is your last chance to hear some wise words.

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Carriageworks , Eveleigh Monday April 30 2018 - Sunday May 6 2018
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Boogie down, no judgement

The best retro dancefloors in Sydney

For the times you just want to sing ‘YMCA’ at the top of your lungs or drop down and get your eagle on, head to these dancefloors that specialise in guilty pleasure old-school hits.  If you're more in the mood for some body-numbing techno check our guide to the best night clubs in Sydney. Or, gift your ears with some live shredding with the best bars and pubs in Sydney for live music.

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By: Claire Finneran